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Look Ma, No Coloring OR Stamping!

Posted by Catherine on February 27, 2009

…HAHAHAHA! You’ve got to cut me some slack…if this were ‘Fixing Dinner’ on the Food Network, Thursdays are mine and The Mister’s “Fright Night.”

I was pretty much all over the place yesterday with work and appointments and a mad rush home to get the house clean-looking (notice how I didn’t say CLEAN…*LOL*…just clean-looking!) in time for choir practice. Everytime I think that okay, after this one thing, things will die down…something else happens to replace whatever it is that’s just finishing! I’m trying not to think of how full my plate already is and how much MORE things are being added to it to avoid going crazy and just dropping off the face of the earth again (I’m NOT going to, Marti!*LOL*)

Even though things were hectic, I snuck away from Chewy and The Mister during after-practice cleanup to go play in my scraproom – which has reached DANGEROUSLY high levels of mess…so high, it has never been recorded…ever. I have to put things on my lap while I’m working on them to avoid losing them in the craptastic pile of stuff in front of me!

Apparently I was suffering a mojo meltdown because I couldn’t really find anything that was turning out the way that I wanted to. Ran out of really nice cardstock, so I tried printing on a lesser quality one and found that my COPICs were bleeding all over the place and the image was already so small that I couldn’t even make adjustments to compensate for the bleeding. I tried colouring with Prismas, but I couldn’t find my blending stumps in all the mounds of stuff and my watercolor pencils were in the other room and far be it for me to get up to go get them now that I was already sitting and comfy! Okay, so I figured there’d be no coloring and I’d pretty much used all the stamps that would look good with the no-coloring techniques that I had been playing around with this week. So last resort, there’d be no stamping either!

I poked around my scrap stash and underneath layers of…I wanna say crap…I saw cute little faces staring up at me. I stared at them and they stared back…so I stared some more and an idea started forming while we were having our staring competition. I took out the little cuties and my chalks (whom I’ve been getting along with very well lately!) and got down to business. It always takes a million times longer for an idea to come together, but it only took a few minutes to actually get this card together…



C’mon say it with me, “Awwww!” (I didn’t hear you say it, Marti…HAHAHAHA…). Thank you for those who joined me in my “awww-ing”. I don’t care how bad it sounds, but I am LOVING how this card turned out. As soon as I saw those cute little babies staring up at me (from their holographic backgrounds – ew! I got rid of those as soon as they were out of the packaging!) I knew that I wanted to go for a baby-themed card. With what feels like EVERYONE in my family being pregnant and about to explode, there is definitely going to be a need for some baby-looking cards! Because there were four specific animals I wanted to use on my card, I chose to have it be non-gender specific and I resorted to the four basic baby colours. Baby pink, baby blue, baby yellow and baby green. If I had one more animal, there’d be a baby purple too, but the alligator in the sticker set was a lot longer than the rest, so he would have thrown off my symmetry. Sorry to say he was booted…your time will come, my little alligator friend…your time will come…

Picked out four sponges (in this case, I used makeup sponges. A pack of bajillion for a dollar at the dollar store, you can’t go wrong there!) and loaded each up with my chalk colour choices and started circling away on my cardstock. I randomly circled each colour and then went back and filled out the blank spots with the other colours until I had a nice soft tye-dyed effect. Pop-dotted my little buddies on their own chalk-edged mats and voila!

I ran out of sheer white ribbon and the only thing I had that was close was a white ribbon with some silver threading and the white was just SO white it was contrasting hideously with the background, so I did my next favourite thing to with ink pads besides applying them to stamps. I laid out my ribbon and started swiping with coordinating Studio G ink pads!The Studio G ink pads were PERFECT for this project as the ink on them is a bit chalk-y-like, so the colours definitely worked well on the ribbon. So up there, you can see the white WHITE of the ribbon as it originally was, and with those four little pads, turned it into that rainbow looking swirl of ribbon. I applied the ribbon to the card using the “cheater” method (I also had to finish the inside of the card to cover up all the ribbon taping I did to the inside of the card) and I was done! I considered adding more to it, but I figured since I was doing the no colouring, no stamping technique today, I should also apply the no overdoing of the embellishing technique as well! I did take my Glossy Accents and Stickles and highlighted a few things on my little cuties, otherwise, I reined myself back in to keep the card oh-so-soft and so simple!

Thanks for stopping by today! I know you’re probably ready for the weekend about as much as I am (and believe me, I’ve been ready since last Monday!) Even more fun things to look forward to on this particular weekend as I will be celebrating my first blogaversary this Sunday, March 1st! I hope you’ll be able to stop by and celebrate with me! Stay tuned tomorrow for the giveaway roundup of pictures!

MATERIALS
All hyperlinked products and materials are from Pez-a-Doodle Designs

Stamp: Zip, zilch, zero, NADA!
Ink: Studio G
Paper: Plain ol’ white cardstock
Embellishments: 3D stickers, ribbon, Glossy Accents
Tools: Chalk, sponge applicators, pop dots

CURRENT MOOD: TIRED CURRENTLY LISTENING TO: AFRICA

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Look Ma, No Coloring – Part II

Posted by Catherine on February 26, 2009

…look at me go! COPIC markers still snuggled nice and comfy in their little Angel Hello Kitty case feeling a little bit left out. Sorry COPICs, that’s the way the ball crumbles and the cookie bounces!

I am having so much fun trying different ways to stamp – some of the experiments I tried didn’t work, almost kind of worked or turned out okay, but it’s getting me to pull eeeeverything out and trying new things! Never distress embossed before? Never used acrylic paint daubers on a project before? Never distress inked anything before? Who cares! Bust them out and fake it ’til you make it! That’s the fun part about distressing – even if it’s kind of messy or imperfect, nobody else needs to know that, just tell everyone it’s “distressed!” What? It’s not ripped, it’s distressed! What? It’s not splotchy, it’s distressed! Have fun, get inky, get meeessy! *gasp* I know…You know when your craft table is messy? When you set something aside so that it doesn’t get inked on and five minutes later, you can’t find the thing you set aside. So you make another one because after searching frantically, you still can’t find it and then when you go and set something else aside, you find the other thing that you couldn’t find before. HAHAHAHA…I don’t know who that happens to…………….

Aaanyways, after a few misplacements, I finally was able to get it together but I did have a bit of trouble today. Work sucked the rest of the mojo out of me and left me with not much else to work with today! Here is my completed project:

Hey, do you know that movie that came out a while back called Inkheart? This post has nothing to do with it, except for the word ink. *LOL* What DIDN’T I ink in this project?!

Starting off with a piece of glossy cardstock and my oh-so-useful, oh-so-trusted foam ink applicator, I used a couple colours of Distress Ink (Tea Dye, Vintage Photo) and inked up the entire surface going around in circles with my foam ink applicator. Next, I turned to my rich and creamy Versamark Dew Drop in Jumbo Java and inked up my Butterflies a-Flutter stamp and hit up each corner with a nice thick coat. When the ink dried (with the help of my heat gun) I rubbed my finger around over it to give it a more “distressed” look (or did I just not stamp it right? Who knows, that’s the beauty of distressed! *LOL*) Okay, I lost track of what I was talking about…HAHAHAHA!

Oh right, using my ONLY Nestability set, I cut out my verse. I was going to go a different way, but since today is the first day of Lent, I thought I would go the biblical path. I also cut out a larger oval to mat my verse. For the verse, I misted it over with Perfect Pearl mist (left over from yesterday, no sense in that yummy, shimmery mist to go to waste, right?!), dried and then inked over with the Versamark ink. The ribbon was a sheer PURPLE when I pulled it out of my ribbon drawer, but with a couple swipes of my little Dew Drop, voila! Now it matches everything else! Took a little bit of Cinnamon Stickles because I haven’t bonded with them in a while and Stickled certain areas!

That’s it for me for now, please come back later on for a little bit more SillySkittle-isms! I’ve got my last installment of pictures for the giveaways – it’s THIS WEEKEND! Please come by on Sunday and visit for a chance to win my blogaversary THANK YOU prize! Thank you for stopping by!

MATERIALS
All hyperlinked products and materials are from Pez-a-Doodle Designs

Stamp: Butterflies a-Swirl by Pez-a-Doodle Designs
Ink: Versamark Drew Drop in Jumbo Java, Distress Inks in Tea Dye, Tattered Rose and Vintage Photo
Paper: Glossy Cardstock (NOT the same as photo paper!)
Embellishments: Stickles, Ribbon
Tools: Oval Nestabilities, Foam Ink Applicator

CURRENT MOOD: LAZY CURRENTLY LISTENING TO: SUNGLASSES

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Sending Flowers…

Posted by Catherine on February 25, 2009

…will never go out of style and now, what makes it even better is that you can send flowers that won’t die and leave a mess to clean up afterwards!

My project for today is a little bit of a double-trouble, two birds with one stone, etc., etc., and so forth…

I wanted to showcase another way to use Flower Soft other than just the normal glue-dab-and-sprinkle technique, so I got out my Flower Soft accessories (ie. wire and vase) and went to work on Mojo Monday’s sketch for the week! Let me just say, although I’m usually a more is more kind of person, I have always had a hard time with layers on my card. I have been improving with practice over time, but I layers have always intimidated me. Maybe because it also involves a knack in coordinating colours and papers and I haven’t really done much of that either. In any case, the Flower Soft project and Mojo Monday has definitely gotten me to step up to a couple of my own personal challenges! I didn’t use as many layers as the sketch suggested. Instead of adding the last layer on top of my base, I got out my mini mister, Perfect Pearls (in heirloom gold) and water and mixed me up some Perfect Pearl mist to give a nice golden, shimmery sheen to the base of the card (my cardstock). Completely matching/coordinating paper without another added layer (I was afraid my card would topple forward when I tried to take a picture of it! *LOL*)

Here’s the sketch for this week:

…and here’s what I came up with:

I was having a really hard time with the flash and the super shimmery paper that I used, so that’s the images there with no flash, and here it is with the flash, just to give you an idea of the shimmery goodness…

Whew! Lots of pictures for one little card, huh?! HAHAHA…that gorgeous paper is my never-fail DCWV Luxury Stack and it’s oh-so-lux-uuuuur-ious! I feel like I can just rip any of the luxury stack papers and smack them down with glue and it would still come out lookin’ nice and fancy. That’s what LUXURY STACK means…*LOL*

Anywho, I actually had a lot of fun with this sketch! Once I finished the actual Flower Soft part (which also didn’t take that long either!) everything came together pretty fast!

I won’t get too into the nitty gritty of everything as Marti will have a complete tutorial of how to get the wire and Flower Soft to co-mingle on her blog >>HERE<<, so I’ll just jump right in. I got my Flower Soft onto the wire and left them to dry while I was working on putting together the rest of the card. Cutting my paper and arranging them into my Mojo layout nice and easily – how did I not get into sketches before, they are SUCH a help – plus the sketch was awesome! I opted out of the optional embellishment as I didn’t want to take anything away from my Flower Soft goodness and the only other embellishment I used was my SugarPops skittle beads! Pretty much the only other little details that give the project that extra oomph is the flourish stamp that I stamped onto the vase and the edging that I got from using my new EK Success edge punch. If you haven’t already noticed, I finished off the inside of the card as well using the extra larger bits of scraps I had left over after all my cutting and trimming. I stamped my sentiment using a Versamagic Dew Drop (creamy and rich and stamped onto my smooth, shimmery paper so nicely). To avoid any oopsies, I heat set the ink.

That’s it for me today! Blogaversary is just around the corner, I’ll be getting my super blogaversary giveaway together into one whole picture just so everyone can get the scope on what’s up for grabs as my big THANK YOU for a faaabulous year! This wouldn’t be any fun if you weren’t around to read it, right? Tune in tomorrow for some more Look Ma, No Coloring! projects and don’t forget to check out my DT leader and DT sister’s blogs for their takes on stamping without colouring! Thanks for dropping by!

MATERIALS
All hyperlinked products and materials are available from Pez-a-Doodle Designs

Stamp(s): Butterflies a-Flutter by Pez-a-Doodle Designs, Studio G
Ink: Distress Ink, Versamagic Dew Drop
Paper: DCWV Luxury Stack
Embellishments: Flower Soft kit (Flower Soft, wire, vase), SugarPops by Sugar & Scraps, Perfect Pearls
Tools: Heat Gun, Mini Mister

CURRENT MOOD: CONTENT CURRENTLY LISTENING TO: THE HEATER GOING

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Look Ma, No Coloring…

Posted by Catherine on February 24, 2009

…our own fearless DT leader Marti has definitely set us up with a challenge with our DT assignments this week (or TORTURE considering that I *just* got my COPIC markers…*LOL* however you choose to look at it) our mission: stamp but nooooo colouring! *gasp* I KNOW! How could she DO this to me? Hahahaha…

Actually, my poor neglected COPICs aside (which isn’t that big a deal since I don’t even know to really use them yet!), the challenge was AWESOME! I love how it got me to pull out all the other materials I’ve been hoarding but haven’t really used to their full potential!

So today I am looking at Distress Embossing Powders!

These are the colours that I used for this project:

Dusty Concord Peeled Paint Dried Marigold

The difference between these embossing powders and the other powders that are normally used is that when heat is applied, these don’t melt down into the shiny, raised look that most people associate with heat embossing and powder. These distress powders end up with a rough, gritty feeling and the weather-worn look when heat is applied – just like the packaging says! They also differ from other embossing powders in that they have to be shaken very well first get the “distress” crystals distributed before use. These crystals is what gives the embossing powder their name! Once sprinkled onto a project and heated, when the powder has cooled, you can rub your finger over the area you have just embossed and these crystals will give the project it’s distressed look! I don’t really emboss much or distress enough to really be able to say that the project gets an authentic distressed look, but I *LOVE* using these embossing powders as it definitely lends any projects a totally different look and feel that other regular ol’ embossing powders just don’t do!

Anywho, I used these on my no-colouring project and this is how it turned out:

Can I just say that I *heart* how this turned out!?! So to break it down, I first made sure that I had shaken all my jars of embossing powder that I would be using and had them open, lined up and waiting to be used. Then I stamped my image on the INSIDE of the card with Versamark. While Versamark was still wet, I took a pinch of one colour of powder and sprinkled it over certain areas of the wet stamp and did the same step for the other two colours. Once I had a nice sprinkling in different areas of the colours that I wanted, I held up the card and tapped my fingers underneath the card to make the powder “dance” around. This ensures that all the areas are covered in powder. Then I just dumped the excess powder in the trash…with the colours all mixed up, I knew I wasn’t going to be using it again. But feel free to save it if you think you’d like to use some funky, mixed-up colours to emboss one day. So once I had everything powdered, I applied heat, let it cool and then rubbing the living daylights out of it to distress certain areas. To finish up the card, I pulled out my brand new Oval Nestabilities and punched out an oval at the front for my stamped image to show through.

I also used another no-colour technique for the front of the card…I wonder if that gets me any bonus points with the DT leader! LOL…but for the front of the card, I embellished my oval window with a flourish stamp that I inked using three matching Studio G ink pads. So basically, I attached my clear stamp to the block and went at it with the three different coloured ink pads starting from the lightest to the darkest. When I stamped, all three colours showed through making it nice and multicoloured without me having to bust out any colouring materials! Less the effort but maximum effect! I sure like that equation! I also did the same technique with the Studio G sentiment and finished it all off with coordinating FLOWER SOFT and paper piercing! *swoon*

That’s it for me today, I’m supposed to be lookin’ busy stuffing tax receipts! *giggles*

Thanks for dropping by and visiting!

MATERIALS
All hyperlinked products and materials are from Marti from Pez-a-Doodle Designs

Stamp(s): Butterflies a-Swirl by Pez-a-Doodle Designs, Studio G clear stamps
Ink: Versamark, Studio G ink pads
Embellishments: Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Powder, Flower Soft, rhinestones
Tools: Paper piercer, Oval Nestabilities, Heat gun

CURRENT MOOD: OVERLY CAFFEINATED CURRENTLY LISTENING TO: STUDENT COMPLAINTS

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A year of -isms III

Posted by Catherine on February 23, 2009

“Just now, I asked The Mister if there was any holidays or special occasions coming up where people have to buy me stuff. He said our anniversary and I “Psssssh-ed” it because that’s in September. He said the only thing coming up is Mother’s Day and is it kind of bad that I half-wished I was pregnant so I could demand him to buy me a cart? I would choose New Arrivals of course…”

Hel-looo! Only one more week until my blogaversary! I’m very excited about it…too excited probably by the looks of how the giveaway is growing. I’ve been gathering here and there – some more K&Co. stuff which I am loving and also a couple hand-made kind of things from yours truly! Like this:


GLITTER!

I’m all googly-eyed! Okay, so I didn’t actually MAKE the glitter – I have no idea how that magic happens, but I did make them into all these prettiful colours! I took my jar of plain ol’ white glitter and dyed them a bunch of colours and put them in jars just like that! So in with my giveaways, this set of sugary glitter just for my blogaversary winner!

I hope everyone had a good weekend – we got a lot more snow *makes face* and I’m all bitter now at the cruelness of Mother Nature and how she teases us with nice, warm, spring-like weather only to snatch it back give us more snow instead! BAH! But I did have a little bit of playtime in my scraproom and I got to play with more Flower Soft and to colour my very first Lockhart stamp!

Another plain and simple card so as not to take away from the main focal point of my image! Even though I’ve been all COPIC-crazed right now, I coloured in my image with my watercolor pencils and trimmed the stamped image out (*waves* Thanks fairy craftmother!). I used my oh-so-pretty Flower Soft for the hydrangea’s and a generous sprinkling of fine glitter – yes, I am ALL ABOUT the glitter lately! I used my little bottle of Glossy Accents and randomly dabbed at the berries before sprinkling with the glitter!

Next I used my BRAND SPANKIN’ NEW Oval Nestabilities (*waves* Thanks, Terri!) and used that as my focal image mat. For the rest of the card I just used my Scor-Pal to add detail and some yummily lumpy SugarPops!

Thanks for stopping by! I’ll still be adding a little bit more to my blogaversary giveaway so don’t forget to stop by on March 1st to play!

MATERIALS
All hyperlinked products and materials are from Pez-a-Doodle Designs

Stamp: Karen Lockhart
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: Bo Bunny and plain white cardstock
Tools: Glossy Accents, Watercolor Pencils, Aquapen, Scor-Pal, Oval Nestabilities
Embellishments: Flower Soft, SugarPops, Ribbon

“Sorry the pictures are so far away and blurry, I couldn’t bring myself to care enough to get closer. BWAHAHAHAHAHA…” (Paris Hilton at CHA)

CURRENT MOOD: CALM CURRENTLY LISTENING TO: WEIRD RATTLING IN THE OFFICE

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